This The Brew Club’s next installment of our New Jersey Beer Bloggers series! Beer, Whiskey & Brotherhood is a great new blog, and I think once you check out Jim and Don’s site they’ll make a regular visitor out of you! Please say hi to Jim of Beer, Whiskey & Brotherhood! Remember to stop back next Wednesday when we highlight yet another great New Jersey Beer Blog!
Northern New Jersey is a great place to be a beer lover because we’re nestled between some great beer-producing states like New York and Pennsylvania. We also have some respectable breweries of our own, like Flying Fish in Cherry Hill. Combine this with a growing number of beer stores that “get it,” and it’s no wonder there are so many beer bloggers from the Garden State.
I’ve been drinking “real beer” for a few years now. My beer epiphany happened when I tasted my first Chimay Red. I thought, “beer can be this?!” I was blown away. Fast forward to today and I’ve become a real beer explorer, embracing all types of beer – I love them all.
Beer, Whiskey and Brotherhood was my brother’s idea. I got a text message from him out of the blue that said we should create a blog, with me reviewing beers and him reviewing whiskeys. I could tell he was raring to go, so I said sure. We’ve been going full speed ever since and it’s been great. We’re seven years apart in age and 2,000 miles apart in distance (he’s in Idaho and I’m in Northern New Jersey), so this has been a great way for us to stay connected.
Writing the blog has really increased my enjoyment and understanding of beer. I’ve pushed myself to try new things and I’ve also learned a lot about what goes into making the world’s greatest beverage. The next step for me is home brewing. I think it will teach me volumes and make me a more informed beer drinker. I’ve received a lot of encouragement from my fellow bloggers and can’t wait to try my hand at it.
Editorially, we’ve tried to make Beer, Whiskey and Brotherhood a little different from all the others blogs out there. There are hundreds of sites out there that will review a beer or whiskey and really break it down, so we figured that’s pretty much covered. What we want to do is share the limited-batch and craft beer culture with our readers, talking about how beer and whiskey fit into our lives and the emotional relationship we have with our favorite brews. We want the site to be entertaining to read and maybe a little edgy. We’re really trying to find our own unique voice in the blogosphere and I think we’re headed in an interesting direction.